MCI Launches Industry’s First Comprehensive Security Risk Management Service
Offering Raises Security Awareness and Visibility across the Enterprise; Prioritizes and Controls Security Risks in Real-Time
ASHBURN, Va., December 6, 2005-MCI, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCIP) today announced the launch of its NetSec Security Risk Management Service, a new managed solution that helps companies improve their security by quantifying, prioritizing and remediating security risks across an enterprise. MCI’s latest cloud-to-core offering enables companies to enhance their decision-making capabilities to take proactive and immediate action against threats and vulnerabilities, when and where it is needed most.
“MCI is changing the security risk management landscape as we know it,” said Chris Sharp, vice president of NetSec Security Services for MCI. “Until now, organizations have been continually challenged knowing which systems are at risk at any specific time. With our new Security Risk Management Service, organizations can intelligently manage risk so they can better protect their critical assets and systems.”
With NetSec Security Risk Management Service, MCI customers gain enhanced visibility into and centralized control over the security of their environment. Powered by Finium, the company’s next-generation integrated services and delivery platform, this new offering correlates and calculates diverse threats enterprise-wide using a dynamic scorecard-based approach to provide prioritization and remediation capabilities. As a result, companies can strengthen their defense and enhance their security investments, while reducing strain on corporate resources.
With a growing focus on risk management, The Yankee Group predicts that by 2008, the $165 million Enterprise Security Risk Management market will grow to $650 million as more organizations move to strengthen their security posture. According to The Yankee Group, most organizations today utilize informal security risk management processes using professional services and homegrown spreadsheets and databases that are often time-consuming and ineffective.
With the next-generation Finium platform, MCI customers are able to easily navigate their IT environments through a secure and intuitive Web interface. Customers can view real-time risk information and navigate through associated threat descriptions, system and device configurations, remediation plans and reports. Extensive filtering and drilldown capabilities also can be tailored to meet an organization’s policy and business model for more meaningful interpretation and better risk assessment.
MCI’s NetSec Security Risk Management Service also provides customers with a dashboard that provides a wealth of at-a-glance actionable information at the management and operational levels. The information is organized to give customers an across-the-board view of threats, remediation status, risk and impacts system-wide. The operational view provides a quick summary of actions that require attention within the user’s operational domain.
Additionally, the new service supports enterprise scanning to obtain information on active assets and map vulnerabilities against specific assets. Scanning can be scheduled at any time to ensure that remediation is completed against a weakness that has been found. The process is especially valuable where a single vulnerability can impact thousands of assets because manual checking can be time consuming and prone to error.
The service will be available to U.S.-based companies, including multinationals beginning in January 2006. MCI plans to roll out the solution in Europe during the second-half of next year.
MCI provides NetSec global security services from the cloud-to-core that enable corporations and government agencies to assess risk, manage threats, ensure regulatory compliance and reduce complexity. The NetSec Security Services leverage FiniumTM, a security integration platform that aggregates input from devices, correlates it with worldwide intelligence and fuses it into higher-level, risk-relevant security knowledge.
About MCI, Inc.
MCI, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCIP) is a leading global communications provider, delivering innovative, cost-effective, advanced communications connectivity to businesses, governments and consumers. With one of the most expansive global IP backbones and wholly-owned data networks, MCI develops the converged communications products and services that are the foundation for commerce and communications in today’s market. For more information, go to www.mci.com.
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